Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 3 Game

Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 3 – A third instalment in a series where the content just keeps flowing

Guitar God?

Enjoying music-based games is much easier than it used to be. There was a time when you would actually have to pay for console games and various instrument-shaped controllers to derive enjoyment out of music-centric entertainment, but the flash game world made sure there was an alternative. Though many flash-based rhythm games exist, none do so with such confidence and such a loyal following as that of Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 3. While you’re not going to see any three-dimensional graphics or supreme levels of attention paid to the design of the whole thing, SCGMD3 has all of the content of its predecessors and more so that you won’t be stuck for a challenge. Blast through a huge repertoire of challenging songs from a variety of different bands and see if you can unlock your way to full completion of the game to earn yourself the title of guitar god (in the flash gaming world, anyhow).

Playing to Perfection

The Super Crazy Guitar Maniac series has always shied away from following the Guitar Hero style in an identical fashion and has instead opted to keep the sentiment but change up the interface a little. The game obviously involves playing along to a variety of songs using various keys on your keyboard to trigger the notes in the required order at the correct time. The interface consists of a horizontally-placed timeline on the screen however, with the notes moving from right to left across the screen; you need to hit the notes when they reach the specified zone on the left of the screen. Hitting notes gets you points whilst missing them loses them, it’s really that easy. Success in this game comes from earning multipliers by getting many correct notes in a successive e fashion without mistakes; this is how you earn yourself great scores and can even aim for ‘perfecting’ a song.

A Trove of Content

If you look at the original game of this series compared to this one, you’ll see that it has come a long way in terms of the content that the game has to offer. What was once a meagre collection of songs is now a catalogue of tracks that are available for perfecting. These range from heavy metal to rock and other such styles, with 14 to choose from in total (though 7 are initially locked and must be unlocked by performing well in the ones that are available). Choosing your guitar is a feature that was unlocked in this game’s predecessor, though now there are 10 to choose from that must be unlocked by performing various feats such as perfecting different songs and earning different levels of performance (bronze and above). With this much content to unlock and enjoy, there’s no denying that the game has come a long way in terms of what it has to offer players and its longevity in general.

Better But Not the Best

While the game excels in terms of content, its design still requires much work. The game still feels like it is designed by an amateur (whether this is the case or not is irrelevant; it feels cheap and it’s not as charming anymore) and it suffers due to the fact that the songs aren’t by anyone you’ll have ever heard of. This latter point is due to this game not being by a huge manufacturer such as Activision and rather by a small (yet still talented) developer known as Shinki. In spite of its simple design and the occasional bit of lag between tapping a note and it being recognised by the game, this still is a triumph of flash-based, free-to-play gaming in general, and most definitely deserves recognition as one of the better rhythm-based games out there.

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